Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 11
Game 2: Saturday, June 12
Game 3: Sunday, June 13

Astros 5

(33-28, 18-15 away)

Brewers 4

(31-29, 16-13 home)

    2:05 PM ET, June 13, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: D. Miceli (3-2)

    L: B. Sheets (5-4)

    S: O. Dotel (12)

    Bullpen holds out -- barely

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jimy Williams got just enough out of Pete Munro in his first start of the year for Houston. The Milwaukee Brewers certainly made it close against the Astros' relievers.

    Jose Vizcaino and Jeff Kent each hit solo homers, and the Astros' bullpen held on for a 5-4 victory Sunday.

    "We pieced it together with those relievers and kept scrapping to get the victory," Williams said after his team salvaged the final game of the three-game series.

    Munro, signed by the Astros on June 3 as a free agent after being released by Minnesota, gave up seven hits and one run in four innings.

    The Brewers made it close by scoring two runs in the eighth inning off of Astros' closer Octavio Dotel to cut the lead to one run.

    Dotel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his 12th save. Dan Miceli (3-2) pitched a perfect fifth inning for the win.

    Williams replaced Munro in the fifth after he gave up a leadoff double to Junior Spivey even though he was pitching a shutout.

    "I just felt with the two left-handers (Geoff Jenkins and Lyle Overbay) coming up, it was the right move to make," Williams said. "It obviously didn't work like I planned."

    Three pitches after Williams replaced Munro, Jenkins hit a two-run homer off Mike Gallo.

    "I was trying to keep it close so Dotel could get a save," Williams joked.

    For his part, Munro said he wanted to stay in to complete the fifth.

    "Strategically, it was the right move at the time," he said. "But, it didn't work out too well."

    Astros reliever Brad Lidge pitched out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Keith Ginter, Ben Grieve and Chad Moeller. He also struck out Jenkins, but Jenkins reached after catcher Brad Ausmus couldn't handle Lidge's wild pitch.

    The four strikeouts tied a major league record accomplished 45 previous times. The last time it was done was by Dotel on June 11, 2003.

    "I didn't have great control to start that inning," Lidge said. "But I was able to get some sliders over and get out of the inning."

    The Astros were aided by the offensive woes of the Brewers, who stranded 13 runners, including 10 in scoring position.

    "We had a lot of opportunities to win the game and we didn't execute on too many of them," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

    Ginter stranded eight runners on his own -- grounding into a double play and striking out twice.

    "He can step up there one at-bat and strike out, and next (time) up hit one in the seats," Yost said. "You just stick with him in hopes that he can do that."

    Ben Sheets (5-4) lasted six innings and gave up four earned runs -- the most he's given up this season. In his last start against Anaheim on June 8, Sheets gave up only one hit and no runs in nine innings.

    "I don't think we played well in any aspect of the game," Sheets said. "I felt OK. I was just missing."

    The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first when Vizcaino hit his first homer of the season. Grieve got his glove on the ball against the right-field fence, but it bounced out and was ruled a homer.

    Back-to-back doubles by Mike Lamb and Jason Lane in the fourth inning gave the Astros a 2-0 lead.

    The Astros scored a run in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Following a walk to Munro, Vizcaino singled. Jeff Bagwell followed with a ground-rule double to drive in Munro.

    The Brewers cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth on Jenkins' two-run homer.

    The Astros increased the lead to 4-2 in the sixth. Following a double by Lane and a single by Orlando Palmeiro, Ausmus reached on an error by Ginter to score Lane.

    Kent's 10th homer in the seventh inning increased the Astros' lead to 5-2.

    Game notes

    Overbay's first-inning double extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Earlier in the season, Overbay had an 18-game hitting streak, which is a Brewers' NL record. Overbay had two doubles in the game, giving him 27 for the season, which leads the majors. ... Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte is scheduled to continue his rehabilitation from a strained left elbow with a simulated game in Houston on Monday.

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